BUMS has a variety of ensembles which perform at a high level and cater to a range of different abilities. Auditions for Chamber Choir, Chamber Orchestra and Symphonic Winds take place at the start of the academic year, usually in Welcome Week; this is the only time that auditions take place during the year so if you want to be a member of one of these groups make sure you don't miss them!



Rehearsals: Monday 7:00 - 9:15 pm


The Chamber Choir is a group of around 50 singers. The ensemble performs a wide range of choral repertoire throughout the year. A highlight of the year is the Easter tour involving a collaboration with the University Chamber Orchestra, and the annual St George's Concert.


Rehearsals: Monday 7:00 - 9:15 pm


The University Chamber Orchestra performs at a high standard, with a varied repertoire covering classical symphonies through to 20th century music. Individual students have the chance to be featured through the annual concerto and composition competitions. The Orchestra also takes part in a collaborative concert with the Chamber Choir, performing a large-scale choral work. The Orchestra and Choir then tour in Europe during the Easter vacation.


Rehearsals: Thursday 7:00 - 9:00 pm


Symphonic Winds has approximately 30 members and performs a variety of repertoire at several concerts throughout the year. We maintain a relationship with the University of Cambridge Wind Orchestra and have performed joint concerts with them both in Bristol and Cambridge.



Rehearsals: Monday 5:15 - 6:30 pm


Wind Orchestra is the largest of the non-auditioned ensembles, playing and performing a wide range of music to suit all tastes. We welcome all abilities of wind, brass, and percussion players with the aim of creating a powerful sound in a relaxed atmosphere. So come along, meet new people, and enjoy being in a friendly ensemble! 


Rehearsals: Monday 5:15 - 6:30 pm


String Orchestra offers the chance to make quality music to a high standard in a relaxed and friendly environment, and is ideal for those who do not want the pressure of intense practising. The ensemble usually puts on three concerts of exciting and varied repertoire each year, drawing on music from the Baroque period to current student works. If you want to improve your playing in a fun, sociable ensemble, then join us on a Monday evening in the Victoria Rooms.


Rehearsals: Wednesday 5:00 - 6:45 pm


Brass Band welcomes players of every brass instrument. We have a very diverse repertoire - from orchestral arrangements and film music to works originally written for brass band. The band takes part in UniBrass, the inter-university brass band competition, each year. Members are occasionally given the opportunity to play at events external to the University. Although we perform at a high level, we are very sociable and open to players of all abilities.


Flute Choir is a new ensemble to BUMS this year, having previously been part of the chamber music series. We are an unauditioned ensemble, who perform a variety of repertoire, including pieces written specially for us by members of the Composition Network.


Rehearsals: Thursday 7:00-9:00 pm


The Baroque Ensemble is a small, auditioned group that performs repertoire to a high standard from the 17th and 18th centuries. They focus on historically informed performance and offer opportunities for strings, continuo, wind and percussion.


Meeting: Friday 5:00 - 7:00pm


The composition network is a collective of composers within BUMS. We present and discuss the compositions we have been working on and get helpful feedback and opinions from other members. We also hold a few dedicated composition concerts to showcase your original compositions performed by other BUMS members. The network also gives comission opportunities from both within and outside of BUMS (eg. An external composition competition).

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